How out is Robert Orci when it comes to the third Abramsverse Star Trek film? Not only is he no longer directing the film, but now he’s no longer writing it either. Orci is still producing Star Trek 3ish, but how much this is an actual creative role or a contractually obligated paycheck/onscreen credit is unknown.
The cynic in me says that Orci is out entirely and the remaining Producer credit is Hollywood face-saving.
According to Deadline, Justin Lin has been tapped to direct the third Abramsverse Star Trek film. Lin is best known to the general public as the director of the third through sixth installments of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Of course, I knew his name instantly because he directed several key first season episodes of Community — most importantly, the infamous “Modern Warfare” paintball episode.
So the guy has at least a little nerd cred.
It’s a very different choice than Orci (who was originally slated to direct), but as long as the script is decent, Lin’s not a bad choice. He’s very talented at making whatever he’s given visually interesting – it all depends on whether or not the writing is worthy of his skill.
Let’s just hope it is.
There’s been a lot of speculation about why Robert Orci is out as director of the third Abramsverse Star Trek film. According to Badass Digest Orci left the film due to disagreements about the film’s tone — as apparently Paramount wanted the film to more closely mimic a fairly successful space opera from earlier this year.
That would, of course, be Guardians of the Galaxy.
This could be either a good idea or a terrible idea. I mean, sure Star Trek IV shares a lot of qualities with Guardians of the Galaxy, but its humor felt organic. The last time the studio tried to demand that same tone out of the franchise… we got Star Trek V.
No one wants another Star Trek V.
This whole thing could end up being a tremendous mess, and frankly has me a bit concerned. It’s an obvious temptation for Paramount to demand that they ape the successful Marvel film, but the largest problem the revised film series has had is the loss of Trek’s signature tone that it spent decades building. It worked out fine in the first Abramsverse film (as it was an origin story), but it caused the second to suffer.
Does Trek need to change tones? Yes. But not necessarily to that of a competing franchise.
Via Badass Digest
On this episode we talk about recent casting for both the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universes, Transformers 4 getting submitted to the Academy just because, Robert Orci getting kicked off Star Trek 3ish, a Japanese Godzilla returning, and recent disasters in the con scene.
We’re looking at the terror attack at Midwest FurFest in a serious light and the cancellation of Emoti-Con in a not so serious one.
Y’know, for obvious reasons.
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Okay, so this has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. First Robert Orci was directing the next Star Trek. Then he wasn’t. Then he was again.
Now, according to Deadline, Orci isn’t anymore.
Whether he was fired or quit the project is unknown, as very few details beyond “he’s out” seem to be around. Orci is still “Producing,” but it’s unclear whether or not he’s actually acting as a real producer or “Producing” the way Tim Burton was a producer on Batman Forever. Deadline says Edgar Wright is on the short list to replace Orci, but that seems weird and unlikely. Wright is a great director, but how well his style would mesh with the Star Trek franchise is questionable.
Although it’s true “Edgar Wright’s Star Trek” would probably be entertaining.
It’s been a will he/won’t he with whether or not screenwriter Robert Orci would get his turn in the director’s chair for the third Abrams-verse Star Trek film, but according to the BBC, actor Simon Pegg has confirmed that Robert Orci will be directing the next installment of the legendary science fiction series.
I have mixed thoughts on this, as while Orci was probably the largest Trek fan in the mix for the last two films, his non-Star Trek views can get a little… well… weird.
I’m going to choose to be cautiously optimistic. It’s what I’ve got in me.
Via the BBC
We’ve gotten into the habit of referring to Robert Orci as the director of the third Abramsverse Star Trek film (or as I like to call it “Star Trek 3ish”), but apparently that’s not actually official just yet.
Speaking with Collider, Orci said:
I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. The studio has yet to even read the script. I’m in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay. They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can’t even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumor.
But even if he doesn’t end up directing (and his lack of involvement with Spider-Man 3), Orci’s still a busy guy.
You see, Robert Orci is executive producing the forthcoming Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers remake. Yes, you read that right. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
It seems there is no remake or sequel Mr. Orci’s fingers won’t touch.
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (who scribed X-Men: First Class) are writing that one, so it might, much to everyone’s surprise, be a good movie too. Only time will tell.
Via Cinemablend, io9
Sony listed Robert Orci as part of the official “brain trust” behind their Spider-Man film franchise, but he doesn’t seem to be as involved as they’d have us believe. Orci co-wrote and was a producer on “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” but has made statements that he’s not officially involved with Amazing Spider-Man 3 right now.
The same Amazing Spider-Man 3 which has a 2017 release date.
His lack of official involvement isn’t SUPER surprising, because Orci is currently cowriting and set to make his directorial debut with the next Star Trek film. That film will come out in 2016 as part of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. What IS surprising though is that Orci doesn’t seem to know Sony’s ongoing plans for the franchise.
Which, if he was truly a part of the team figuring out said plan, he would.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we discuss DC Comics recent PR disasters, the new Robocop trailer, Robert Orci losing his mind online, a new Potterverse movie, and Voyager leaving the solar system!
We also talk about Transformers for some reason, and Trae seems to have a thing about !mpact comics.
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